Like most folks living in this century, you probably associate this song with the early 2000s television series “Weeds”. The opening credits for the show were set to this track, and each episode featured a different musician covering the song.
It's one of those songs I put on when I feel like maybe, just maybe, all of the annoying components of everyday life, briefly summed up by the task of struggling to remain safe and sane while trying to get enough sleep and tick off enough gigs to earn the dollar, don't really matter in the end.
This song isn’t overly complicated nor is it overly angstyInstead, it’s a catchy tune that lightheartedly mocks the unwanted attention that pretty girls in male-dominated industries have to face. Sure, being a pretty girl has its advantages but sometimes it can also feel like a curse.
You know how you sometimes hear a song and each verse feels like an entry from your own diary?
Patti Smith gives an extremely moving account of a universal story: falling for someone against your better judgement: "here I go and I don't know why / I spin so ceaselessly."
This song reminds me of an awesome sign I saw at the Women’s Day March a few months ago. “We are the granddaughters of the witches you couldn’t burn.”
I am so glad to be a contributor for this playlist. As I'm growing older, I realize more and more the importance of female solidarity in my life. And while these words may have a pretty elevated ring to them, female solidarity starts with quite simple, everyday things.
I know what you’re thinking.
“How cliche. The first song she picks is by Fiona Apple? What is she? Some kind of angsty, male-bashing feminist?”
Well, not exactly.